• Important Executive Director Announcement from the NAWCC

    The NAWCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Rory McEvoy has been named Executive Director of the NAWCC. Rory is an internationally renowned horological scholar and comes to the NAWCC with strong credentials that solidly align with our education, fundraising, and membership growth objectives. He has a postgraduate degree in the conservation and restoration of antique clocks from West Dean College, and throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to handle some of the world’s most important horological artifacts, including longitude timekeepers by Harrison, Kendall, and Mudge.

    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

    Rory is a British citizen and currently resides in the UK. Pre-COVID-19, Rory and his wife, Kaai, visited HQ in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where they met with staff, spent time in the Museum and Library & Research Center, and toured the area. Rory and Kaai will be relocating to the area as soon as the immigration challenges and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 permit.

    Some of you may already be familiar with Rory as he is also a well-known author and lecturer. His recent publications include the book Harrison Decoded: Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock, which he edited with Jonathan Betts, and the article “George Graham and the Orrery” in the journal Nuncius.

    Until Rory’s relocation to the United States is complete, he will be working closely with an on-boarding team assembled by the NAWCC Board of Directors to introduce him to the opportunities and challenges before us and to ensure a smooth transition. Rory will be participating in strategic and financial planning immediately, which will allow him to hit the ground running when he arrives in Columbia

    You can read more about Rory McEvoy and this exciting announcement in the upcoming March/April issue of the Watch & Clock Bulletin.

    Please join the entire Board and staff in welcoming Rory to the NAWCC community.

Omega Automatic 200m won't wind.


NAWCC Member
Mar 25, 2010
Can't wind with stem or by rotor. What might be broken?

John Runciman

NAWCC Fellow
NAWCC Member
Aug 13, 2003
Seattle, WA
would you like us to guess? Problem is we really need to see your watch or if we knew the exact model number may be it has a probably unique for that model number not that I'm aware of such a thing but model number be helpful. I don't suppose you went swimming with the watch and it's filled with rust that would be a reason. But until someone takes the back off and disassembles the watch everything will be a guess and that might not necessarily be a good guess.


NAWCC Member
Nov 15, 2009
Williamson County, Texas
In an Omega 564 there are 56 parts involved in the winding mechanism. 35-plus of them can contribute to a problem. Sticky old lubricants (very common), broken mainspring (common), rust (possible), broken jewels (not uncommon), long synthetic sweater fibers wrapped around a wheel (more common than you'd think), etc. As John said, without tearing the watch down there's no way to guess.

I have one Constellation waiting in line right now that's showing that behavior. I returned another Constellation earlier this week that would auto-wind but wouldn't stem-wind - it turned out that the crown wasn't pushed all the way in.

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